It’s midday on August 21 here in Hong Kong, and we’re under what’s known as a “T1” warning — that’s T as in typhoon.
A typhoon is a tropical cyclone, which when it makes landfall brings heavy rain and high winds. We’re in the middle of typhoon season, which is much like hurricane season in the US, only with more frequent storms. A typhoon blew through Hong Kong on August 6, but since then we’ve been blessed with what I’m told is uncharacteristically dry and benign weather. Well, that may be about to end. The first of the rain is supposed to move in later today, and I imagine the Olympic equestrian photographers and broadcasters are busy wrapping their camera gear in plastic bags and getting out their raincoats and wellies for tonight’s final equestrian competition, the individual jumping final and subsequent medals ceremony. But the show will go on, according to a news bulletin that popped up on my HK cell phone a short time ago.
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